Inflatable kayaks are very handy vehicles to have and are commonly used for recreational purposes. Due to their practical applications, they are also used for fishing by several folks. Is it really safe though? Is it a valuable tool for fishermen or nothing more than a flimsy beach toy? Let’s weigh in on the details.
Quality inflatable kayaks utilize rubber coatings on top of low stretch fabrics. Such rigid construction allows these inflatables to bang against rocks without budging. This is because rubber coated fabrics are much more resistant to abrasions than their PVC counterparts.
Like hard-shell kayaks, inflatable kayaks are also designed in different ways depending on use. If you are afraid of navigating into deep water, don’t fret. There are inflatables with touring designs that allow it to not get caught by the wind while still remaining very buoyant.
You can also use motors on some of these inflatables. With these on board, the kayak becomes much more powerful and is also quicker than traditional kayaks because it is lighter. Due to this, they also become easier to manoeuvre. The key thing to remember is not to use a motor that is too large. Otherwise, you could end up running out of control or simply scare too many fish away.
Inflatable kayaks are known to be much more buoyant than their hard-shell counterparts. This is because of the air that is sheltered in the collars and tubes. The buoyancy is also spread evenly across all portions of the boat thanks to the kayak design. Such design, helps make it very sink resistant and also rigid to stand on. Lastly, chambers are also designed to overlap one another. This basically means that if one of them is deflated, there are others who will pick up the weight such that overall buoyancy is not affected.
Overall, inflatable kayaks, are trustworthy vessels that are able to handle rocky rivers. Their flexibility and ease-of-use gives them an advantage over hard-shell boats and makes them usable for fishing endeavours.